States Increasingly Focus on Summer as Season of Learning
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Posted by: Tyler Mattingly
As kids and teachers prepare for the end of the school year, some school districts, communities and states across the country are undertaking major steps to make this summer a season of learning for students. This year, an analysis by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) found state legislatures have considered more than 100 bills that include support for summer programs.
At least 15 bills specifically included appropriations totaling more than $130 million. States continue to support summer by administering more than $1.1 billion in pass-through funding through federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers funds and $461 million in pass-through funding for summer meals.
More than 160 state and community coalitions also have prioritized summer learning as a key strategy in improving third-grade reading proficiency among students, as part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
On Summer Learning Day, June 19, 2015, nonprofits, school districts, Mayors and libraries will host more than 700 community events as part as part of an annual national advocacy day led by NSLA to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy.
Read the entire press release.